File:Frederick Lamb's painting of William Penn IMG 3800.JPG|right|thumb|Frederick S. Lamb's painting of William Penn at the Brooklyn Museum
'''William Penn''' ( (O.S. 14 October 1644) 24 October 1644 – 30 July 1718) was an English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Religious Society of Friends|Quaker
and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania
, the English North American colony and the future Commonwealth
. He was an early advocate of democracy and religious freedom
, notable for his good relations and successful treaties with the Lenape
Native Americans. Under his direction, the city of Philadelphia
was planned and developed.
In 1681 King Charles II handed over a large piece of his American land holdings to William Penn to satisfy a debt the king owed to Admiral Sir William Penn|Penn's father
. This land included present-day Pennsylvania and Delaware
. Penn immediately set...